Me & Exercise -v- Diabetes

For years this is something I have battled with until recently!

It is a mind field even before I even get to the gym or do any sport or activity? Check sugar, how much lucozade to drink? Will it last me through the workout? Does everyone feel like this during a workout or is this my Diabetes? Then I wake up low during the night & eat sugary snacks to bring me back up and afterwards have a re-bound high. So basically I find when I workout I am consuming more calories to regulate my sugars which defeats the purpose. So to quit or keep going? Find a new solution of course!

For years I thought it was easier to not workout!(Hence the reason why I am so unfit now). However, when I changed my outlook on life I decided that no matter what it takes I need to get fit and be able to exercise like the many other Diabetics out there. I just needed to figure out what works best for me. According to Dr. Colberg-Ochs, “one of the best things people can do is self-monitor to establish their response to different activities, times of the day, and so forth so they can make changes to their diabetes regimen. But being physically inactive is probably a bigger risk than being active in terms of long-term health.”

I hate cardio so I much prefer weight training as I feel in control and it enables me to listen to my body. After a lot of trial and error only recently I feel I have mastered what works best for me and how my body responds to exercise. I now take a banana and a  small drop of lucozade. This gives me both my carbs and sugar in order to stabilize me during the workout and not create a rebound high afterwards. Before I would just guzzle the majority of the bottle without a carb and the result was a rebound high for the rest of the day and crashing low during the night.

This week in particular I have noticed a massive difference in the control of my blood sugars and I think it is down to exercise, carbohydrate counting (I do a 10:1 ratio), adjusting short-acting insulin before a gym session and also decreasing my basal dose at night. I still carry the bottle of lucozade around with me in the gym just incase of a Hypo. I printed out a weekly blood sugar sheet to record and monitor the sugars and see where I can improve. I have had less lows during the night which is a major achievement.


It is a lot of work but after carrying out research on the benefits of daily exercise and Diabetes the positive certainly out ways the negative.  Being active with Diabetes has helped me gain better knowledge and control, I have lowered my daily doses of insulin and the number of injections I take from 6 to 4 and I am loosing the extra pounds in the process.

the benefits of exercise are:

  • Usually lowers your blood sugar.
  • Improves insulin sensitivity, which means your body’s insulin works better.
  • Reduces body fat.
  • Helps to build and tone muscles.
  • Lowers your risk for heart disease.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Preserves bone mass.
  • Reduces stress and enhances quality of life.

See how much you know about Diabetes and exercise and take the quiz here. Remember ‘Education is the key to success’. 

Get in touch and let me know what works for you and share your tips on how you balance working out with your Diabetes. What do you take before/after your workout? If anyone would like a copy of the blood glucose monitoring sheets email me at

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